Friday, September 9, 2011

Cairns of Hope and Inspiration

I thought we might share some photos of the the art4place work that went on in Pecan Park as part of the Festival of Walks Maleny party on 20 August 2011. art4place artists Noela, Tracey, Edith-Ann and I worked with Tracey's partner and Fiona M and other visitors to Pecan Park to create Cairns of Hope and Inspiration

The aim was to create cairns with park visitors, party-goers and walkers out of timber and twigs collected from the edges of the park; and to get people to place messages of hope and inspiration into the cairns. The art was ephemeral in that it would either rot away, be burnt or be redistributed into the edges of the park. Whilst the photos below shows that one of the four cairns was burnt over night the others were still in place.

Barry Smith © Cairn after the fire
I really felt a sense of strength that community artists had given their time to create the installation of cairns.

Barry Smith © Cairn- beginnings
Barry Smith © A vista with cairn
Barry Smith © Tracey's cairn
Barry Smith © Scale of one cairn and majestic trees

And some people did contribute their messages of hope and inspiration - and sent those vibes out - even as they burnt.

Barry Smith © Messages of hope and inspiration
Barry Smith © Global messages
Barry Smith © Cairn with messages of hope and inspiration
Big thanks to Noela, Tracey, Edith-Ann and Fiona M - stars.